Sparta, WISCONSIN (WXOW) - Lawrence Lawson Elementary School is being recognized for being one of the top 25-percent of high-poverty schools in the state. The school is among the 167 Wisconsin Title I School recognized Thursday for the 2013-14 academic year by State Superintendent Tony Evers. This is the fourth year that Lawrence Lawson has received the recognition.
All award-winning schools receive federal Title I funding to provide services to children from low income families. Schools received awards in three categories: High-Achieving, High-Progress, and Beating the Odds based on specific criteria. Lawrence-Lawson received the award for Beating the Odds, which means it has above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels.
"Receipt of the School of Recognition award for the fourth year at Lawrence Lawson is an honor. The students, staff, parents and community continue to embrace and live by our school's vision statement, ‘Excellence For All: Whatever It Takes.' Our implementation of high-quality educational and behavioral programming and continuous focus on best practices contributes to our success," Principal Missy Herek said. "We are grateful for the community and school district's commitment to providing the best educational opportunities and professional development to all of Sparta schools' students and staff."
This year's 167 Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Award recipients include 14 High-Achieving and 26 High-Progress schools. Six schools earned awards in both the High-Achieving and High-Progress categories. Overall, 131 elementary schools, 23 middle or junior high schools, and 13 high schools earned awards. The state superintendent will host an awards program at the State Capitol on Oct. 8 to further recognize Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition award recipients. Each school will receive a plaque and $500 for use by the school. During the awards ceremony, nine schools will receive flags for earning the Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition award for five consecutive years, and five schools will receive banners for earning the award for 10 consecutive years.
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